Shockwave Therapy Eases Heel Pain
At PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center, we invest in our patients. We invest in them by equipping our offices with state-of-the-art technology. Our staff is fully trained in the best diagnostic and treatment use of our equipment.
One of our high-tech treatments for heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and all types of soft tissue injuries is shockwave therapy. This therapy, also called EPAT, uses low-frequency sound waves or shock waves to penetrate soft tissues and break up scar tissue. EPAT stimulates both the blood flow and the metabolism, and so speeds up the natural healing process.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy
EPAT is non-invasive, meaning no incision is necessary. This leads to faster healing and little risk of infection.
No anesthesia is required as there is little discomfort.
Virtually no side effects.
No hospital stay – we handle EPAT treatments in our office.
Weight-bearing is possible immediately.
Because there is no surgery involved, our patients usually return to normal activity within 24 to 48 hours. For athletes of all levels, this is extra important to get them back in the game!
How Shockwave Treatments Work
First, we apply ultrasound gel to the treatment area. A special applicator tip then moves over the injured area to deliver the pressure waves.
Some patients experience pain relief after just one treatment, but most require 3-5 treatments spread over a 5-week period. The sessions take approximately 15 minutes per area. You may feel some minor discomfort at the treatment site and the skin can appear red or bruised for a time.
If you have heel pain, Achilles tendon pain or any other soft tissue discomfort, please call us for an evaluation. You may be a candidate for EPAT shockwave therapy. Generally, patients on blood thinners may not be eligible for this therapy or those with deep venous thrombosis.
Let Us Know If You Have Heel Pain
The foot specialists at PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot problems. Our team of doctors which consists of Dr. Robert Marra, Dr. Thomas Johnson, Dr. Kristen Winters, Dr. Laura Vander Poel, and Dr. Matthew Tshudy is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Many treatments and surgeries can be handled right in our offices. Please call us at (860) 741-3041 to make an appointment in one of our offices in Hartford County, conveniently located in Enfield and South Windsor, CT.